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Selecting the right material for rain gutters

guttes_houseWhen it comes to replacing rain gutters, you can select from a wide range of materials. Depending, among others, on your personal tastes, the style of your home, and your budget, you may want to opt for specific options.

Copper eavestroughs

Copper is the selection of choice for several old house owners. On top of adding a distinctive style to your residence, copper is highly durable and resistant to rust. This material also comes with the widest variety of accessories (rain chains, gutter medallions, etc.). However, it’s also one of the priciest options on the market. You must also take into consideration the fact that it will tarnish and take on a greenish color over time. Moreover, it is strongly recommended that homeowners with a copper roof use copper for their gutters as well as it reacts to other materials, namely aluminum.

Rain gutters made of wood

Wood is rarely used and scarcely available. It is mainly used with restored houses and rather expensive, although prices will vary with the type of wood selected. One drawback is that these gutters will rot over time. On the other hand, it does give it a certain “cachet” when used on residences while being a heavy-duty and green alternative for several homeowners.

Stainless steel gutters

Stainless steel is also among the most luxurious (and costly) options available on the market. This material is robust and resistant to rust, but not widely used in Canada though.

Eavestroughs made of galvanized steel

Galvanized steel is much more affordable. However, its finish is by far less attractive to the eye and will rot over time. Despite such drawbacks, it is highly durable and robust.

Aluminum rain gutters

Aluminum is popular due to its availability and the options with which it comes. It is offered in an array of colors and easily matches the design of any home. You can even unleash your creativity and, for instance, select a similar color for your rain gutters and the roof or for your downspout and the house siding. Aluminum is very popular and available in many different shapes and models.

Vinyl gutters

Vinyl is the generally chosen material for its low price. It obviously won’t rust, but it’s not so good at withstanding intense cold. Additionally, with time, it will lose some of its luster and original color under the sun.

In conclusion, copper, aluminum, and vinyl remain the most popular choices. Indeed, aluminum prevails on the Canadian market. Aluminum and vinyl rain gutters are easier to find and install if you want to do it yourself. Which will you choose?

In Rain Gutters, Selection